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516 Tsali Boulevard
PO Box 1838
Cherokee, NC 28719

Amy Watkins Parker
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Cherokee's Trout Fishing Tournaments

Fish Cherokee LogoIn 2011, the U.S. National Fly Fishing Championship was held in Cherokee's Tribal Waters — the first time the National event had been held in the Southeast. For more information on fishing tournaments, visit Fish Cherokee, a website devoted exclusively to Tribal fishing events.

Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians

Visit Cherokee's newest attraction - a museum devoted to the popular sport of fly fishing. Through exhibits and videos you’ll learn about past fly fishing legends, the evolution of rods and reels, basic knots, fly-tying, types of gear, types of gamefish, regional fishing waters, and the history of fly fishing in the Southeast. More info

Fishing & Boating

Cherokee Campground & Craig's Log Cabins

91 US 19N / US 441S Bus.
Cherokee, NC 28719
Phone 828-497-9838
Beautiful, family owned, 40-site campground on Soco Creek with great fishing. Walking distance from Casino and Downtown. 11 cabins (7 fully furnished). 10 Bunkhouses. All campsites have electric and water. Also full hook-ups (30 & 50 amp). Quiet and relaxed. Open April thru October.

Tuckaseegee Fly Shop

Contact: Dale Collins
3 Depot Street
Bryson City, NC 28713
Phone 828-488-3333
Bryson City NC's only full service fly shop! We are your headquarters for local fly patterns, fly fishing gear, guided trips, and fly fishing advice. We carry products from many well known vendors such as Redington, Rio, Catch Fly Fishing, Montana Fly Company, Scientific Angler, Umpqua, TFO Fly Rods, Chota, Brodin Nets, Simms Logo Apparel, and our very own Tuckaseegee Fly Shop logo hats and shirts. We welcome all locals and travelers to stop in and say hi!

Fontana Guides

Contact: Kyle Fronrath
3336 Balltown Road
Bryson City, NC 28713
View Additional Addresses
Local 828-736-2318
Fontana Guides Fontana Guides offers expert fishing & tour guide services year round on the rivers and lakes of Western North Carolina. We offer a trip for any fish species in the Smokies. Choose fly fishing or conventional tackle. Pontoon boat, paddle board & kayak, wade & walk, and night fishing trips are available. We also offer wildlife sightseeing & sunset cruises via pontoon boat or kayak for those just looking to see the Smokies from the water. Call us anytime or visit our website & Facebook page for more information.

Indian Creek Campground

Contact: Heather and Bill Murphy
1367 Bunches Creek Rd.
Cherokee, NC 28719
Phone 828-497-4361
Indian Creek Campground is located in the mountains on the Cherokee Indian Reservation. The campground is secluded, heavily wooded and nestled between three mountains. We have two creeks running through the campground. Bunches Creek offers some of the best trout fishing on the Indian Reservation. Our amenities include rental cabins and RV's, tent and full hook up sites. We also have hot showers, playground, dump station, laundry facility, creek side sites and a store.

Cherokee Fisheries & Wildlife Management

1840 Painttown Rd
Cherokee, NC 28719
Phone 828-554-6110
Cherokee Fisheries & Wildlife Management offers over 30 miles of stocked rivers and streams of enterprise waters. Choose from hundreds of fishing spots including secluded private spots, 3 easily accessed ponds or 3 handicap piers. The enterprise waters include 2.2 miles of catch & release fly fishing waters that are open year around. To fish these clear running streams, river or ponds, you only need a fishing permit. Purchase permits from many local vendors.

Tumbling Waters Trout Pond

Contact: Joe or Carolyn Deddo
1612 Panthers Creek Rd
Almond, NC 28702
Phone 828-479-3814
Located on Panther Creek, 1-1/2 miles off NC 28, between Bryson City and Fontana Dam. Mountain Rainbow Trout Pond. Free pole, bait and cleaning! Trout $3.50 per pound. Open March 1st to December 1st. Also a campground.

Panther Creek Cabins

Contact: Noel and Miriam Blakely
3542 Wrights Creek Road
Cherokee, NC 28719
Local 828-497-2461
Panther Creek Cabins Premier creek side cabins. Honeymoon cabins and cabins for large groups all decorated with antiques and Native American decor. All cabins have furnished kitchen and fireplace. Cabins with jacuzzi are also available. Linens and firewood provided. Enjoy the creek, hiking trail and 60 acres of mountain beauty. Minutes from downtown Cherokee, Harrah's Cherokee Casino, fishing, major attractions and activities. Gem Mining in the creek at the cabins for guests only. Wedding by appointment. We can also perform Traditional Cherokee Weddings. We are open from Mon - Sat 9 am to 9 pm
Sunday from 3 to 5pm (on call by messages)
We speak Spanish

Fontana Village Resort

400 Woods Rd
Fontana Dam, NC 28733
Toll Free 800-849-2258
Fontana Village Resort Located in Fontana Dam, North Carolina, Fontana Village Resort offers a range of accommodations, including rooms and suites in The Lodge, cabins, and RV and tent camping along the Little Tennessee River. The resort also features a marina and supply store, boat rentals, convention and event space, restaurants, shopping, massage and fitness center, pools, championship disc golf course, whitewater rafting, and miles of on-site trails for bikers and hikers.

Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians & Gift Shop

Contact: Tunie Braun
516 Tsali Blvd
Cherokee, NC 28719
Phone 828-788-0034
NOW OPEN, Saturday-Sunday 10 am-7 pm. Gathering and preserving the artifacts and history of fly fishing, while educating the public about the fly fishing heritage in the Southern Appalachians. Gift shop has a variety of museum gifts.

River's Edge Outfitters

1235 Seven Clans Lane
Cherokee, NC 28719
Phone 828-497-9300
River's Edge Outfitters Cherokee is located in the heart of the Smoky Mountain National Park on the Cherokee Qualla Boundary. With over 3000 miles of trout water within an hour's radius of our shop, this area boast's some of the best fly fishing on the East Coast. The Tuckasegee River, the Nantahala River, the Oconoluftee River, the Raven's Fork, and the Little Tennessee River are just a few of the river systems that we fly fish. Looking for trophy trout on the fly? The Raven's Fork catch and release fly fishing only section is one of the best public trophy water fisheries in the southeast. With most trout averaging 18+ inches this fishery offers the fly fisherman the opportunity to catch trophy trout on one of the most scenic river systems in Western NC.

30 Miles of Well-Stocked Trout Streams

The Smokies are a fisherman's delight whether you prefer flat water fishing on Lake Fontana or trout fishing on one of our many mountain streams or rivers. And the trout fishing is especially good in the well-stocked Cherokee tribal waters.

Each year, the EBCI Fish and Wildlife Management division stocks nearly 400,000 trout in the tribal waters, a stream system connecting 30 miles of freestone streams that include secluded forest settings, suburban road side areas as well as the center of the town of Cherokee.

Tribal waters (PDF map). No license is required to fish in Reservation waters, however a tribal permit is required.

Please note that in 2016, the catch and keep enterprise waters will have an opening day again. The last Saturday in March will be opening day. The season will be closed to fishing by non-enrolled members two weeks prior to this date.

• One-day permit: $10 (creel limit of ten)
• Two-day permit: $17
• Three-day permit: $27
• Five-day permit: $47
• Single season permit: $250

Buy Permits OnlineA permit is not required for children under 12, if accompanied by a permitted adult.
There is a catch-and-release section for flyfishing only. A Tribal Special Use Permit allows use of this area, designated on the Raven Fork. An additional $75 annual permit is required in this section.

Fishing in the "Trophy Waters" catch-and-release section of Ravens Fork requires an additional special use permit. Details, including information on multi-day and special use permits, can be found here.

The tribe offers three handicapped fishing piers that accommodate wheelchairs. One is located at the fishing ponds in Big Cove and two are along the Oconaluftee River in downtown Cherokee.

To fish in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you must have either a valid North Carolina or Tennessee fishing license. You can purchase a basic North Carolina license at locations throughout the area.

NC License (Residents)
• Ten-day : $9
• One-year: $22
NC License (Non-residents)
• Ten-day : $20
• One-year: $38

If you plan to fish for trout outside the National Park or Cherokee Reservation, an additional "trout stamp" is required at a cost of $15. Some of the trout streams are strictly catch-and-release. Information on Trout Fishing in North Carolina from NC Fish & Wildlife.

There are several marinas at Fontana Lake for boat rentals as well as several public boat ramps. Guide services are also available.